youth & government (ages 12-17)
Youth & Government (YAG) is a program for students in grades 7-12 who want to make a difference in their communities and beyond. The New York State YMCA Youth & Government program provides teens with the opportunity to turn thought into action and make real and important change.
This program is dedicated to teaching young people to use the democratic process to affect change that has a real impact on their communities and around the state.
Through Youth & Government, teens will learn how to research issues of concern, and propose legislation to improve or eliminate it. Then, they will have the opportunity to put their work before an assembly of their peers for review.
Each year, participants in Youth & Government have the chance to travel to Albany and present their proposals to the State Legislature on the floor of the Capitol.
Youth & Government
Samantha McCarthy, a member of the North Area Family YMCA Youth And
Government team, has been selected as one of just 21 teens in New York
State to attend the national Conference on National Affairs, to be held
in Blue Ridge, N.C., June 29-July 5.
Samantha, a sophomore at Liverpool High School, was selected from among 600 Youth And Government participants who met recently at the Statehouse in Albany. There, she and her teammates identified statewide needs, wrote mock bills, debated their merits and passed mock legislation using proper parliamentary procedures.
"Samantha, who is smart, outspoken and persuasive, impressed
the judges," said Tess Kenney, director of the North Area Family YMCA
Youth And Government team. She will represent New York at the national